Counceling Center of Greater Hartford

Counseling Services Provided

Individual Counseling

Anxiety CounselingAnxiety
• Assertiveness and Confidence Building
• Autism Spectrum Challenges
• Co-Dependency Recovery
• Communication Skills Building
• Creativity and Consciousness
• Despair
• Dreams: Working with the Unconscious
• End of Life Issues
• Family of Origin Issues
• Fears and Phobias
• GLBTQ Challenges
Grief and Loss
• Internet Abuse
Life Coaching • Life Transitions
• Life Coaching
• Menopause
• Adult ADD/ADHD
• Adult Children of Alcoholics
• Aging and its Challenges
• Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
• Personal Growth
• Physical, Emotional and Sexual Abuse Recovery
• Physical Pain and Illness
• Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
• School/Learning Challenges
• Sleep Disturbance/Insomnia
• Spiritual Development
• Stress Mana

Couples, Relationship and family Counseling

Couples Counseling • Autism Spectrum Challenges
• Blended Families
• Boundaries Issues
• Conflict Resolution
• Couples Counseling
• Divorce
• Family Counseling
• Family of Origin Issues
• Infertility
• Infidelity
• Internet Abuse and Addiction and its effects on the Family
• Parent/Child Conflict
• Parenting Skill Development
• Pre-Marital Counseling
• Relationship Counseling
• Remarriage
• School Performance Issues
• Substance Abuse, Gambling, and Internet Abuse on the Family

ADD and ADHD Children and Adolescents Counseling

• Blended Families
• Boundaries Challenges
• Bullying
• Divorce and Reorganized Families
• Identity Issues
• Internet use/abuse Problems
• Parent/Child Conflict
• Peer Relationships
• Perfectionism
• School Performance Challenges
• Sexual, physical, emotional Abuse
• Social Anxiety
• Social Media Challenges

Career Counseling Career Counseling

• Advanced Degrees
• Burnout
Career and Vocational Testing and Selection
• Career Expansion
• Changing Careers
• Changing College Majors
• Entrepreneurship
• Harassment in the Workplace
• Leadership Skills Development
• Life/Work/Family Balance
Myers-Briggs Type Development Counseling
• Resume Development
• Workplace Stress Management


Anxiety is a normal part of everyday life. When we experience a feeling of nervousness or unease or we worry about something which may or may not be about to happen, our anxiety is alerting us , preparing us for the uncertainty of the future. The occasional experience of anxiety is a healthy response to the challenges of everyday living.

Anxiety becomes problematic when it interferes with our everyday life. Worries overtake us and restrict our thinking and ability to live in the usual way. We become filled with self-doubt and in more extreme cases become paralyzed with panic and fear. Anxiety disorders can be classified into several more specific types.

Generalized Anxiety Disorder is a chronic disorder characterized by excessive, long-lasting anxiety and worry about nonspecific life events, objects, and situations. Sufferers often feel afraid and worry about health, money, family, work, or school, but they have trouble both identifying the specific fear and controlling the worries. Their fear is usually unrealistic or out of proportion with what may be expected in their situation. Sufferers expect failure and disaster to the point that it interferes with daily functions like work, school, social activities and relationships.

Panic Disorder is a type of anxiety characterized by brief or sudden attacks of intense terror and apprehension that leads to shaking, confusion, dizziness, nausea and difficulty breathing. Panic attacks tend to arise abruptly and peak after ten minutes, but may also last for hours. They sometimes occur after a frightening experience or prolonged stress, but they can also arise spontaneously.

Separation Anxiety Disorder is characterized by high levels of anxiety when separated from a person or place that provides feelings of security and safety. Sometimes separation results in panic, and is considered a disorder when the response is excessive and/or inappropriate.

Phobias are an irrational fear and avoidance of an object or situation. Phobias are different from generalized anxiety disorders because a phobia has a fear response identified with a specific cause. The fear may be acknowledged as irrational or unnecessary, but the person is still unable to control the anxiety that results. Stimuli for phobias can be as varied as situations, animals, or everyday objects.

Social Anxiety Disorder is a type of social phobia characterized by a fear of being negatively judged by others, or a fear of public embarrassment due to impulsive actions. This includes feelings such as stage fright, performance anxiety, a fear of intimacy, and a fear of humiliation. This disorder can cause people to avoid public situations and human contact to the point that normal life is rendered impossible.

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder is characterized by thoughts or actions that are repetitive, distressing, and intrusive. OCD sufferers usually know that their compulsions are unreasonable or irrational, but they serve to alleviate their anxiety. Often, the thinking of someone with OCD will seem superstitious, such as insisting on walking in a certain pattern, obsessively washing or constantly checking locks, stoves, or light switches.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is anxiety resulting from previous trauma such as military combat, sexual abuse, rape, accidents, or other serious life experiences. PTSD often leads to flashbacks and behavioral changes in order to avoid certain stimuli.

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Grief Counseling

Most of us at some point in our lives experience a significant loss such as a loved one through death, the ending of a significant relationship, loss of a job, ending of one's way of life after tragedy, or loss of a sense of safety. When this happens it is normal to have feelings of grief, which we all experience in different ways and for different lengths of time. During this time it is normal to experience a varying range of emotions such as anger, sadness, numbness, loneliness, and confusion, to name a few. Sometimes at this time it can be hard to move forward, but here at the Counseling Center Of Greater Hartford you can find hope, and the help of a compassionate and understanding counselor who can help you through this difficult transition.

Symptoms of Grief
Below is a list of some common symptoms of grief. Check those that apply to you, and discuss them with your counselor.

Physical Emotional Behavioral
□ Hyperactive or under active □ Numbness □ Forgetfulness
□ Physical distress such as chest pains, abdominal pains, headaches, nausea □ Feelings of unreality □ Searching for the deceased
□ Change in appetite □ Sadness □ Slowed thinking
□ Weight change □ Anger □ Dreams of the deceased
□ Fatigue □ Fear □ Sense of loved one's presence
□ Sleeping problems □ Relief □ Wandering aimlessly
□ Restlessness □ Irritability □ Trying not to talk about loss in order to help others feel comfortable around them
□ Crying and sighing □ Guilt □ Needing to retell the story of your loved one's death
□ Feelings of emptiness □ Loneliness □ Withdrawn from others
□ Shortness of breath □ Longing □ Dependent
□ Tightness in the throat □ Anxiety □ Lack of initiative
  □ Meaninglessness □ Lack of interest
  □ Apathy  
  □ Vulnerability  
  □ Feelings of abandonment  
  □ Overly sensitive  

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Depression Counseling

Unsure if you are experiencing Depression?
Do you find yourself feeling sad, down in the dumps, low on energy, or unmotivated to do much of anything? Human beings at one time or another in life feel this way, usually for short periods of time. On the other hand, true clinical depression is a mood disorder, which affects millions of Americans of every race, gender, and socioeconomic status, and age. These and other symptoms last for weeks or longer, and interfere with everyday life. However, there is hope! You are not alone. Our skilled and compassionate counselors would be honored to help you on your path to healing, so you can start feeling better and get back to living and loving your life.

Depression Symptoms
Below is a list of some common symptoms of depression. If you would like to share this with your therapist please check those that apply to you so you discuss it in more depth. Keep in mind that it does not necessarily mean you have depression.

□ Feelings of hopelessness & helplessness
□ Changes in sleep (too much, not enough, or restless sleep)
□ Changes in eating habits (more than usual, or not enough)
□ Withdrawing and/or isolating from people
□ Difficulties concentrating
□ Feelings of worthlessness, self-hate, guilt
□ Loss of interest or ability to enjoy yourself (i.e. hobbies, time with friends, etc.)
□ Loss of motivation to complete everyday life tasks (i.e. going to work, house chores, etc.)
□ Lack of energy and fatigue
□ Feelings of irritability, agitation, and/or restlessness
□ Thoughts of suicide or death □ Anger & discouragement

Is it grief or depression?
Distinguishing between grief and clinical depression isn't always easy, since many of the symptoms are shared. However there are differences. Feelings of grief can feel like being on a roller coaster………a mix of good and bad days…………moments of pleasure or happiness. With depression the feelings of emptiness, despair, hopeless and helplessness are pretty constant. Grief does not have a timetable. However, if grief doesn't let up, or it extinguishes all signs of joy, enthusiasm and desire to be in life, then it may be depression.

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Career Development

Our society values work, but many working people don't always feel particularly valued these days. The rewards of working have to be more than just material: there is nothing obsolete about the term "job satisfaction." And there is nothing wrong with wanting to make a change in jobs, even in established careers. If you've been on the other end of a career decision-- you've been laid off, or transferred to Cleveland, you know how hard a sudden change can be when somebody else decides to make it for you. Either way, it will affect you and people around you. That's why you have to get your financial, practical and emotional ducks in a row, and seek out someone who can help you organize all the questions flying around in your head.

Questions to Ask Yourself
Is this job, this career path, what I want to do for the next X years?
I always had a talent for (X.) Is there a way I can make a living at it?
I just got out of school. How do I go about getting a job?
My company makes a lousy product; is it moral for me to help them sell it?
A machine replaced me. How do I reinvent myself?
I was downsized. How do I build myself up again?
I'm burnt out. What do I need to do to recover?
I feel too old to work, and too young to retire!

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Executive Coaching

Jennifer specializes in corporate culture change and re-engineering change projects at the organizational level. She specializes in talent management, emotional intelligence assessment and development, business turnaround and performance analysis. Additional specialities include training, organizational development, and executive coaching services that are tailored to your business, your challenges, and your team. In the work setting it is the goal to get you implementing, not just planning. Jennifer's expertise is grounded in real business issues to produce tangible, bottom line outcomes.

She utilizes the context of your business to develop the strategies and behaviors necessary for success in today's market driven climate.

Jennifer's clients include entreperneurs, small business owners,CFO's, CEO's, and senior executives working for Fortune 500 companies. Clients show significant improvement in effective management, leadership, revenue, motivation and business acumen within a short period of time. Jennifer offers coaching programs to identify core competencies and developmental areas and provide a rich environment of ongoing self-awareness, learning and support.

Additionally, she is a certified practitioner of the Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI). The MBTI® is the most widely used personality inventory in the world. It gives you valuable information about yourself and the individuals in your organization. This assessment allows you to create more effective teams, improve communication and collaboration, resolve conflict, and motivate others.

Current Workshops:
• Introduction to the MBTI
• Teams and the MBTI

Additional Services Include:
• Executive coaching
• Facilitate off-site workshops and conferences
• Team building
• Leadership programstraining
• Motivational speaking engagements

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Myers-Briggs-Type Indicator

How we support your process of growth and change.
Many people put off seeing a therapist because they're afraid "they won't know what to do."
You can't do it wrong. When you walk into the Center, you've taken an important step, and the next step is up to the counselor you've chosen.
He or she will likely begin with some questions that allow both of you to start on some common ground. The questions help your therapist determine some basics along the following lines:

What makes you you?
Unique gifts. Likes and dislikes. Motivators. Turn-offs. Strengths. Potential for growth. Tolerance for change. Pressures. Doubts. Belief in your ability to set a goal and work toward achieving it.

What is your psychological type?
This is a way to get a handle on your personality using much more than just some initial impressions. The Swiss psychiatrist Carl G. Jung developed this technique to bring the differences between people into a sharper focus. He found people behave differently because we have been "wired" since birth with tendencies to use our minds in different ways.
When you act on these tendencies, patterns develop. These patterns can be grouped. It doesn't mean you can be labeled or pigeon-holed into one of sixteen "types," rather that your work can begin more quickly when the types you aren't can be set aside.

What do you think? What do you feel?
Jung also believed very strongly that the intellect is, at best, only half of what defines you. Some very smart people feel confused and sad a lot of the time. Like our counselors, Jung looked for other "intelligences" in the complete human being… the heart, the spirit, the body, and, finally, all of them working in harmony.

"Emotion is the chief source of all becoming-conscious; there can be no transformation of the dark into the light, and the still into the moving without emotion" - C.G. Jung

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